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“Piedras Blancas Lighthouse - Night Tour”
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Piedras Blancas
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$680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Built in the mid-1870s, currently under restoration and management by the BLM, we were fortunate to get the last available reservations for a night tour (offered only two times a year) on Oct. 19th. Docents in period dress reenact life as it would have been. We arrived later than our appointed time, but were allowed to join the next group (tours leave every 15 mins.)
On the night tour you see the lighthouse, water tower, fog signal building, oil house as well as the grounds.
On a clear night, the sunset would have been spectacular, but it was cloudy and the sun disappeared without its usual Central Coast amazing show.
The sea lions just offshore present an ever-present audio/visual circus; the harbor seals and the cormorants - a bit more restrained.
And most wonderful of all, the elephant seal laying on the beach, frolicking in the waters.
It was well worth the $15 pp, but dress warmly. The wind is sharply cold.

1  Thank Bobbi T
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a great place to visit. Follow what the website says about visitor hours. You must meet at the abandoned Motel for ticketing at 10:00 am Saturday and from there you caravan back to the locked lighthouse gates for entry. The tour guide Abel and his wife Toni were fantastic. They were extremly knowledgeable about the area and passionate in the presentation. Our tour lasted 2 1/2 hours and was really informative. This is a tour everyone should take. Just make sure to bring a good jacket because the fog and wind do make for a cold visit.

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Reviewed October 20, 2013

I've been to Piedras Blancas as part of my highway-one trip down to LA. I stopped by to watch these beautiful livings sunbathe, sleep, play with sand and even yell and fight each other. However, I visited the place on August, and at that time there were only male elephant seals. If you have a chance to visit the place in January or February, you'll get to see a lot more crowd, and possibly 'turf war' of male elephant seals to attract females and mate with them.

Thank Oguz K
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

My fiance and I went to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse during the summer and it was the perfect time to go. First you meet at a vacant inn about a mile up the road, and the tour guides then guide you to the Lighthouse. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and give you ample time for pictures. They also provide binoculars at look-out points which is very nice. Overall it was a very nice tour. Definitely bring walking shoes, and sunscreen and water. It's a long tour.

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Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

I recommend that you do some research before you try to visit. This is a very interesting place to visit with a guide but I don't know that it's interesting at all if you just do a drive by. My sixth grade teacher was a guide here so I heard stories and find it an interesting place because if that.

Thank VanghusF
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